Jointly organised by Ukhrul and Kamjong Olympic Associations, the first edition of Winter Games 2023 that kickstarted on 30 January 2023 wind up on Saturday at Ukhrul Headquarters.
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
The first edition of Winter Games-2023, jointly organised by Ukhrul and Kamjong Olympic Associations, was participated by 821 players from the two districts in 11 discipline. N. Ibungochoubi, Executive Member of Manipur Olympic Association and also the former secretary of Manipur Equestrian Association, attended the closing ceremony as Chief Guest.
Speaking at the occasion, N Ibungochoubi stated that “It will be a dream come true if today’s participants from Ukhrul and Kamjong can represent Manipur and India in the days to come.” He narrated that with the announcement by CM of Manipur N Biren Singh during the 2nd Manipur Olympic Games 2022, that the Manipur Games will be a yearly event, it is pertinent for every district of Manipur to identify and groom talented players for competing in the higher level. He wishes everyone a great success.
Convenor Organising Committe, Preshow MK Shimray, who is also the President of Ukhrul Olympic Association, delivers the welcome speech. “We have entrusted the concern coach or in charge of respective discipline to identified the talented players. We will nurture those talented players for participation at a higher level, ” added Preshow MK Shimray
Preshow MK Shimray also expressed gratitude to Minister of Sports, Govindas Konthoujam Singh for attending the opening ceremony and for earmarking Rs. 50 Crore for sports development in the Ukhrul and Kamjong Districts. He also expressed gratitude to all the participants and the Tangkhul community for making the first edition of Winter Games 2023 a success.
In the football final match played between Haokok FC and Shirui Youth Club, Haokok FC defeated Shirui FC by a score margin of 1-0. Around 3000 football lovers came and witnessed the final match.
Chingreiwung A S, s/o Kapangkhui A S of Hunphun collected 8 medals in Athletics events. He received Gold in 100 meter race, high jump, long jump, shot put, relay race (4 x 100), relay race (4x 400), triple jump and silver in 200 meter race.
In the women event of athletic, Pemyami Zimik of Hungpung got gold in 100 meter, long jump, 4×1000 rlay and 4×4000 relay. Silver in shot put and bronze in high jump. KA Soton of Nungshong Khunou also received gold in high jump and triple jump. Silver in javelin throws and long jump and bronze in shot put, 200 meter and 400 meter relay.
A total of 538 players from Ukhrul Olympic Association and 283 players from Kamjong Olympic Association participated at the First Winter Games 2023, out of which 629 are male and 192 are female players.